All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
The psychological chiller unfolds at a slow and thoughtful pace! Revealing a story about a lonely widower in his search for the perfect wife!
Were pretty much stuck in in slow burn drama mode for the majority of the film! It may even leave you questioning whether or not this is really a Takashi Miike film!
He does however leave a few intriguing bread crumbs along the way to compel us to continue on with this nightmarish journey into madness!
The audience for the most part has been masterfully lulled into a false sense of security! Our guard is down and were all wishing for Miike mode to finally kick in!
Remember the ole saying..
"Be careful what you wish…
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
Most disturbing movie ever? No.
A damn good horror film? You bet.
Knowing what I was in for was probably the source of my disappointment. I didn't consider anything all that shocking, scary, or disgusting, at least not compared to some of the more excessively brutal stuff that's come out since. Had I not known it was a torture porn movie beforehand, I more than likely would've enjoyed it much more as the build-up, which feels like a lighthearted romantic comedy, is very enjoyable.
It's still worth watching for great performances from Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina. The cinematography is also appealing, with creative shot framing and a distinctive color scheme, especially in the dream sequences towards the end (which I honestly didn't see the point of, and think the film would've been more narratively effective without).
I'm uncomfortable calling this a great movie, but I still love it.
And never want to see it again.
I suppose Audition is somewhat of a Takashi Miike cult classic, and to be honest I knew very little about the film going into it. Posters and film stills from the film can be misleading as they tend to focus of the main female role, and while her role is important it is only one of two primary characters in the film. The other being a man wishing to remarry. I was also under the impression that Audition was a horror film. While it definitely takes from horror elements it is hard to call the film a horror film. It is quite scary, but mostly in the sense that its themes are dark and scenes often left me feeling queasy.…
Takashi Miike's Adution is a slow brooding psychological thriller that has just as much suspense as a Hitchcock film. Moving slowly, the tension increases as we learn more about the characters in the story, and we begin to piece together information about their situations and past. Audition is great at examining psychological trauma, while also being a surprisingly entertaining film that has a great pay off in its final half hour. This is the best Takashi Miike film I have seen so far, and is an essential Japanese horror/thriller to see.
It only took 90 minutes for my face to go from -__- to O___O
Seriously, Takashi Miikae has some type of tumultuous love affair with graphic violence, and I adore him for that. Audition, although not as exciting or fun as Ichi the Killer, is incredible in its own right. It takes time to build up the stories of the two main characters, then makes the whole thing explode in a gory, gorgeous mess in its final half hour.
Don't judge this film by its poster- the entire film reveals its full story through intricate dialogue between characters for most of the film, with the exception of a couple really surreal scenes. Those couple scenes have some pretty intense moments,…
One of the best works of international horror of the last two decades, cues from the Japanese new wave with the incendiary manner of Imamura and the unflinching extremes of Oshima, by way of Haneke with a middle class scenario introduced to chaos, while at once unique, strikingly original and visceral to the last.
I now have a newfound respect for pianists..
When Audition was released, people seemed to either argue that it was a feminist film or that it was a disgusting cinematic expression of misogyny. What's so great about the film is that it's neither. Takashi Miike doesn't trap his characters in a box sculpted by his own beliefs or ideologies. He merely allows them to exist, neither condoning their actions nor judging them. Audition is very much about males and females, but it is intentionally void of an agenda, so it forces viewers to project their own agendas onto the characters, all of whom Miike has designed to solely be characters.
Audition is one of the best horror films I've seen. It proves highbrow suspense and gore can coexist…
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